Mourn

Mourning Non-Jewish Loved Ones: A Reform Perspective

Death and burial issues for interfaith families and Jews by choice.

Death vs. Brain Death in Judaism

When someone can be officially determined dead depends on one's interpretation of a key passage in the Talmud.

How to Say the Mourner’s Kaddish

This prayer praises God's greatness and God's ability to bring peace to the world.

Mourning a Non-Relative

How should one cope with the death of a friend, or the death of an ex-spouse?

How Not to Comfort Mourners

The worst things to say to someone who is grieving.

The Graveside Service

Mourners, friends, and relatives accompany the deceased to the grave and help with the burial.

The Casket, or Aron

The rabbis mandated a simple wooden coffin to equalize people in death and to enable the return to dust.

Tahara, Preparing the Body for Burial

A Jewish ritual cleansing of the deceased fulfills the verse from Ecclesiastes 5:14, "As we come forth, so we shall return."

Why Parents Are the Only Loved Ones Traditionally Mourned a Full Year

Rites for mothers and fathers are more demanding than those for other relatives, even siblings, spouses and children.

Preparing for Death

Ethical wills and more resources for the final days and hours.

My Security Blanket Tallis

The prayer shawl I chose and loved followed me everywhere -- and then I buried my father in it.

End-of-Life Care in the Bible

What we can learn from Jacob, Sarah and Moses’ final moments.